Trish and Nish were sold on their ceremony and reception venue at first sight. The stunning Melross Farm was what they truly desired for the backdrop to the biggest day of their lives – a unique and green space that didn’t have a ‘reception centre’ vibe. “We were checking a few in the area and drove past the Melross sign... On our way home, we popped in and were sold the second we walked through the barn doors.”
Wedding date: February 6th 2017
Wedding location: Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Ceremony & reception venue: Melross Farm
Tell us about the proposal…
Nish proposed to me at the high school I work at. I was teaching a year 12 English advanced class when all of a sudden our song, ‘Ave Maria’ by Beyonce, started playing and the girls I teach stood in front me carrying signs. At first I was completely confused, but once I read the sign that said, ‘I met you in a classroom just like this’ I knew what was happening! The signs said beautiful things and at the end he walked in with a sign of his own, ‘Will you marry me?’ and of course I said yes! My faculty were outside cheering, and I was in such shock I had to be reminded to get up and hug him! At the end of all that I actually had to continue teaching the class, can you believe it?
Any funny stories from the lead up to the wedding?
Nish lost our wedding bands the day we got them! He dropped the bag with the rings in the shopping centre carpark and we didn't realise until we got home and promptly panicked when we couldn’t find them. Luckily an honest lady found them and we eventually got them back, tyre marks on the bag and all!
All we can do is count our lucky stars and thank God for ‘Victoria from Roseville’ and her nobility. Marriage saved!
Have you undertaken any DIY projects? If yes what?
Yes, my sister bought a cart off gumtree and my brother-in-law has fixed it up so she could paint it and we could include my 9-month-old niece in the bridal party, rolling down the aisle. Unfortunately though, the grass was a bit too wet so we couldn’t use it.
What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme? And if no theme, the vibe?
Our inspiration behind the wedding theme was the blending of the two cultures; Australian and Indian. We wanted a modern country wedding with vibrant colours that popped. We leaned towards the palette of pink, orange and gold.
What was your favourite detail from the day day?
We loved how everything came together during the canape hour. The indian tabla player, the champagne, the custom popsicles, the amazing food, the lawn games and the henna tent all set against the backdrop of the beautiful Kangaroo Valley. Our favours were really fun, too. They were bindi and bracelet sets we found in different shops during the planning process.
Trish loved how the swing came together at the bridal cabin with the intertwining garlands and scattered petals.
Favourite moment / memory from the day?
Trish was up from 4:30 am that day, so once everyone’s hair and makeup was done and the dress was on she was exhausted and terribly nervous. It sounds cliche, but as soon as she stepped out onto the aisle, it all disappeared.
Nish, being good at losing important items, lost his wedding speech 2 hours before the wedding. After frantically looking for it with the help of his groomsmen for 30 minutes he finally found it and the day was saved. His favourite moment however, would be after taking the sunsets photos when it was just him and his wife and the stillness of the surroundings. Knowing the chaos of the day was done and he could just enjoy the moment was priceless.
Any family or religious traditions incorporated into your day?
We ensured that our celebrant was making mention of Trish’s Dad, Denis, who has passed away and she’s carrying a memorial charm with her on her bouquet (Our Heavenly Hangers). Although we are both Christian we very much wanted a fusion of an Indian/Western wedding, so we did include many Indian elements, such as henna, however they aren’t quite traditional.
What does marriage mean to you?
We’ve been together since we were 16. The connection we have built as we grew together is just so strong that we are certain that we are meant to be with each other. Our marriage really solidifies all that we have worked for together in the last 11 years. The piece of paper doesn’t mean everything. What is most important is that we want to build a life together in which we value each other as individuals and make each other better people. We want to enhance each other for the rest of our lives and leave no doubt that it is together we intend to weather the storm. It is sewing yourself to the side of someone else and saying ‘you’re it’.
Advice for other couples planning a wedding?
Start planning ASAP. Time flies, get the venue locked in and everything will fall into place from there
Get a joint email just for the wedding. You don’t lose track of any paperwork, communication between both of you is smoother and you have joint calendar
Book your celebrant! We didn't know it had to be booked 1 month in advance or you technically can't get married on the day you want! We booked ours 1 month and 1 day before the wedding.
Do something different to stand out.
Get an Instagram printer because they’re fun! #nishandtrish
Do you have any words of recommendation for your photographer?
Athena was the calm in our storm of people. She kept us comfortable, was fun, and created absolutely stunning pictures without us even knowing she was taking them!
Photography: Athena Grace
Ceremony and reception: Melross Farm
Wedding Rings: Diamond Elite
Bride’s wedding gown and veil: The Daisy Gown, Rue De Seine from The Bride Atelier
Bride’s Indian gown: Diwansons Collections (not online)
Bride’s shoes: Betts
Bride’s accessories: Samantha Wills Bracelet
Hair stylist: Hair by Haylee
Makeup artist: Sara K Makeup
Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS
Bridesmaid shoes: Rubi Shoes
Groom’s suit: Brent Wilson
Groom’s tie: Milana from David Jones
Groom’s shoes: Blaq from Myer
Groommen suits: Brent Wilson
Groommen watches: Daniel Wellington
Event stylist, décor and furniture hire: Monica Willis
Celebrant: Saskia Martin
Entertainment: We Play Records
Florist: Clare Lewis-Evans
Catering and cake: Bev's Catering
Cinematographer: Paul Donnelly
Stationery: Stephanie Nasca
Tabla (Indian drums): Maharshi (friend)
Bollywood dancers: Dance Bollywood
Popsicles: Pop Shop Sydney
Champagne and Wine: Sensivini
Instagram Printer: Social Playground